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New Book Celebrates Achievements of Community Nursing 

The Queen’s Nurses represent diverse specialisms and taken together the book provides a glimpse into a world of professional expertise and person-centred care that is not often portrayed in the wider media.

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Partnership Working around the Identification and Management of People with Diabetes

This piece of work started off with a simple query – How are people experiencing homelessness with diabetes having their needs met? – but has resulted in a significant, far reaching health improvement programme, which will have multiple wider benefits to the population served.

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North Devon Homeless and Inclusion Health Nurse

The North Devon Homeless and Inclusion Health Nurse role, funded by the NHS Better Care Fund, commenced in May 2021.

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Inclusion Health: Education and Training for Health Professionals

For healthcare professionals working with vulnerable people who are either homeless, Gypsies and Travellers, Roma, sex workers or vulnerable migrants

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The role of nurses working in homeless hospital discharge

Defining the role and further potential of homeless health nurses involved in hospital discharge.

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  • Report

The impact of homelessness on babies and their families

Homelessness and temporary accommodation during pregnancy are associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, low birth weight, poor mental health in infants and children, and developmental delay.

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My experience on placement with the Health Inclusion Team at GSTT

Student Nurse, Corinna Gray, spends 5 weeks on placement with the Health Inclusion Team at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Trust in London.

  • Guidance
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Street Outreach Guidelines

Street outreach is an assertive strategy that aims to bring services directly to people who are sleeping rough and can provide an approachable face of healthcare.

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Working with people experiencing homelessness in Norwich during the pandemic

I was in a privileged position where my colleague, a mental health nurse, and I were allowed to continue working on the frontline during the COVID lockdown alongside two colleagues from Shelter and YMCA.

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St Werburgh’s Medical Practice for the Homeless – our Covid-19 response

Right at the start we trained all the staff regarding PPE, and the logistics of moving patients safely through the surgery. We were lucky and did not have any challenges accessing PPE.

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Hastings Homeless Health Service

The Hastings Homeless Service supports marginalised members of the community who find it difficult to access NHS services in the Hastings area.

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  • Guidance

Food, Nutrition and Homelessness

Good nutrition plays an important role in improving overall health and well-being for all.  People who are homeless struggle to access the food and nutritional support they need, which has serious consequences for their health.

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Homeless Patient Project in the Emergency Department

Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Hepatitis C Clinic for People Who Inject Drugs in a Rural Location

This clinic in Sussex provides an accessible and client-friendly service to people with Hepatitis C who inject drugs at rural locations.

Cervical Screening Saves Lives
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Homeless Health Cervical Screening Hub in Colchester

This project aims to raise awareness and increase cervical screening uptake among homeless women.

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Voluntary Nurse-led Street Outreach Work in Wales

Queen's Nurse Donna Thomas tells about her project aimed to provide foot care service and advice to rough sleepers in Cardiff.

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Overcoming Psychological Trauma

Homeless Health learning event

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Specialist Drug and Alcohol Wound Care Nurse in Doncaster

This project in Doncaster provides wound care service for people who have drug and alcohol problems, including people who are homeless and without GPs.

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Homeless Health Network Report Launched

The report gives insight based on the views of 206 homeless health nurses working across the UK.

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Nursing Care for People Experiencing Homelessness

Nursing Care for People Experiencing Homelessness gives a thematic analysis of comments from a survey of homeless health nurses (HHNs) about issues facing their area of practice.

  • Guidance

Homeless Families Toolkit

A Toolkit for Public Health Nurses

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  • Learning resource

Homeless Families Learning Resource

A Learning Resource for Public Health Nurses

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QNI Homeless Health Education Scoping Report

A scoping report on homelessness in nursing education based on a survey of universities offering BSc Nursing.

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Impact Report – Homeless Health Project 2014-2017

An evaluation of the work of the QNI’s Homeless Health Project 2014 to 2017.

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A Success Story

John had been homeless for about three years when he first presented with a small wound on his leg. He was sleeping rough and saw no prospect of getting into housing as he had a very large amphetamine and heroin habit.

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Young Homeless People on Healthcare

A report based on a focus group held in Birmingham in 2015.

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English for Health

This project sought to improve the health care of non-English speaking patients, and reduce inequality of access to health care within South Warwickshire. It taught patients health-related English to reduce reliance on translation services.

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  • Project

Hepatitis B Community Clinic

The aim of the project was to develop a specialist, nurse-led GP practice based viral Hepatitis service within Lambeth and Southwark.

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Health Champions for the Homeless

The use of ‘health champions’ has proven to have a significant impact on fellow users’ attitudes and knowledge about health, accepting of lifestyle advice and access to medical care, especially in primary care.

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An outreach nursing model in High Wycombe

The service offers housing and support for homeless people with complex needs including addiction, a history of offending, and with issues around mental or physical health.

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A wet clinic model in Bristol

Compass Health provides confidential healthcare, advice and support for homeless people in Bristol.

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Social Enterprise model

Primary Care is delivered at a specialist GP Practice which has 1000 patients registered, with good coordination with the other GPs in Leicester.

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Respite and Intermediate Care Support Service

Bradford Respite and Intermediate Care Support Service (BRICSS) is an intermediate care facility providing respite accommodation for vulnerable patients on discharge from hospital.

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Case Study: Complex Needs Officer

A Complex Needs Officer provides advice, support and partnership work around mental health to vulnerable groups in the community.

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Nurse-led Primary Healthcare Model in Hastings

The Hastings Homeless Service runs five sessions a week staffed by volunteers and healthcare professionals, including nurses.

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In-hostel care service

The Three Boroughs Primary Healthcare Team are a nurse led outreach team providing services for homeless and vulnerable groups.

  • Guidance
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Health Assessment Tool

Assessing the health of people who are homeless

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  • Guidance
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Homelessness and Hospital Discharge

In 2014 The Queen’s Nursing Institute surveyed over 180 nurses who work directly with people who are homeless to get their views of current hospital discharge arrangements. This document captures their feedback.

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  • Guidance

Safeguarding Homeless Families

A guidance paper to help practitioners identify the needs of homeless families, and propose interventions and solutions that will act as a safeguard for families who are homeless, thus embedding good practice in service delivery.

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Homelessness and the Criminal Justice System

This guidance explains how the healthcare issues of those engaging with criminal justice system are addressed and provides links to further information.

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Homelessness: applying All Our Health guidance

A toolkit of best practice guidance for nurses on key public health issues created by the Department of Health, with input from the QNI's Homeless Health Programme.

  • Guidance
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Dual Diagnosis Learning Brief

A learning guidance slide presentation compiled by the QNI. Dual Diagnosis is a term used to describe patients with severe mental illness and problematic drug and/or alcohol use.

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Oral health patient guide

A simple two page colour poster to inform service users about oral health.

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  • Guidance

Oral Health and Homelessness

A learning resource created by the QNI in partnership with dentists and community nurses exploring common oral health conditions affecting people who are homeless.

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  • Guidance
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Foot Health

This guidance addresses the specific care of conditions affecting the feet of homeless people.

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  • Guidance

Epilepsy and Homelessness

Guidance for healthcare professionals examines the particular needs of homeless people living with epilepsy.

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Healthcare for refugees & asylum seekers – Role of community nursing

Healthcare for refugees and asylum seekers- The role of community nursing event, Wednesday 27th April 2016, Rose Bowl, Leeds

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